Not everyone who has a state of the art or newly refurbished kitchen loves to cook, but for those who do, choosing the right oven for you can be a big decision. There are several factors to consider when choosing the right oven for your kitchen, which is why we’ve put together a guide which highlights the questions you need to ask yourself and what you should consider when choosing your new oven.
One fundamental aspect that you’ll need to take into consideration is the energy sources available in your kitchen. For instance, if you currently have an electric oven but want to make the switch to gas, you may need to have gas line installed into your kitchen if there isn’t already one. The same is true of if you want to make the switch from gas to electric, or if you’re looking for an electric oven that has a gas powered hob.
These changes can certainly be made by a qualified electrician or your gas company, but it’s something to take into consideration when choosing the right oven for you. In terms of energy efficiency, gas and electric ovens are very similar. However, gas is cheaper than electric, so you may find that in the long run, a gas oven is more frugal.
Considering the size of the oven you’ll need is another important factor for choosing a new oven. If you’re designing a new kitchen, you’ll want to know ahead of time the size you’ll be choosing, as you’ll need to make sure there is enough space in your kitchen, or even a custom gap between your units and cupboards. For some, this may be a purely aesthetic decision, but for many, function is another factor.
Smaller ovens, understandably, offer less space for cooking multiple or large dishes. During the holidays, for large families or individuals who enjoy entertaining, this can certainly be a problem. Ultimately, this is a decision that comes down to personal preference and how much physical space you have available in your kitchen.
For those will be making frequent use of their oven, it’s also important to bear in mind the different available functions and which will be most beneficial to you. Fan functions are excellent for even distribution of heat, whilst grills offer their own benefits. Some ovens offer more advanced features, like pizza or defrost functions. Other ovens even offer a self-cleaning option, which is a time saver that will also save you some elbow grease.
Most modern ovens come with the majority of the basic features, but for keen cooks, you’ll want to evaluate what other functions you’d like to have when using your oven on a daily basis and factor this into your final decision.
Appearance and fit
There are a number of ways ovens can be fitted in your kitchen, including under the unit, built-in, or freestanding. Again, this is a decision that comes down to space and preference. Built-in ovens are usually installed higher, making them more easily accessible, particularly when it comes to large and heavy dishes. Under unit ovens are discrete, though you are likely to have to sacrifice cabinet space for them. Freestanding ovens are another option, the benefit being that they have everything you need, including a hob on top and you can even take it with you if you move house.
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